“White Gold” (salt) was extracted for four thousand years near Hallein and this is what gave the region and the capital of the province its name. In 1989 the salt works were closed down. Various influential people involved in cultural life took the initiative to have the brine hall on the island in the middle of the River Salzach transformed into a theatre which is now used regularly by the Salzburg Festival. The conversion work in 1992 needed only an 80-day building period; six years later, new, more elaborate seating arrangements were installed as well as an interval area.
The hall is especially suitable for experimental theatre and concerts of contemporary music whereby the performance and audience areas can be adapted to the scenic concept of the production in question. In 1999 the marathon performances entitled Schlachten!, Luc Perceval’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s history plays, on the Perner Island achieved cult status.
How to get there
Adress & contact
Pernerinsel, 5400 Hallein
The foyers are opened to Festival visitors one hour before the beginning of each performance.
Tel.: +43 662 8045 0
Bus stop Heidebrücke
Lines 41, 160, 170
FREE BUS SHUTTLE SERVICE
Departure in front of Reichenhaller Strasse 4
(Buses depart to Perner-Insel, Hallein, 1h before the performance begins and return directly after the performance.)
Parking place Perner-Insel
Perner-Insel, 5400 Hallein
Opening hours: daily 0-24 h
You can purchase a parking ticket for 2€ in the courtyard. By purchasing your parking ticket there, you save yourself the way to the ticket machine and can immediately drive out the parking lot following the end of the performance.
If you are driving, there is a fee-paying parking lot on the Perner-Insel. You can purchase a parking ticket for EUR 2, - in the courtyard. The tickets are sold next to the stall selling programmes and is signposted. By purchasing your parking ticket there, you save yourself the way to the ticket machine and can immediately drive out the parking lot following the end of the performance.